By Albion Woodbury Small
This ebook is a fraction which i am hoping will your time locate its position in a extra whole examine of the relatives among nineteenth-century social sciences and sociology. the bigger research is in growth in my seminar, and effects are already in sight which justify trust that the w.ork aren't with out worth. at the in simple terms methodological facet, this research was once prompted, if now not initially steered, through reports in reference to the St. Louis Congress of Arts and technology. In all departments of innovative wisdom, the second one half the 19th century used to be detailed in its in depth improvement of medical research. it isn't possible that students will ever completely appraise the significance of study lower than their current estimates, however it is sure that we're getting into an period of rather larger appreciation of synthesis. the main targeted trait of current scholarship is its striving for correlation with all different scholarship. Segregated sciences have gotten discredited sciences.
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Thereby my general stock of knowledge also undergoes a continuous modification. My experience of a fellow-man in the We-relations thus stands in a multiple context of meaning: it is experience of a human being, it is experience of a typical actor on the social scene, it is experience of this particular fellow-man, and it is experience of this particular fellow-man in this particular situation, Here and Now. As I look at you in the community of space and time I have direct evidence that you are oriented to me, that is, that you experience what I say and do, not only in an objective context of meaning but also as manifestations of my conscious life.
But if the principle of safeguarding the subjective point of view in the social sciences were even admitted, how is it possible to deal scientifically - and that means in objective conceptual terms - with such subjective phenomena? The greatest difficulty lies, first of all, in the specific attitude the scientific observer has adopted towards the social world. As a scientist - not as a man among other men, which he is too - he is not a party in social interrelationship. He does not participate in the living stream of mutual testing of the in-order-to motives of his own acts by the reactions of others, and vice-versa.
I witness the constitution of motivational configurations in my partner's conscious life, then I witness his 5 See supra, p. I, p. 69ff. 109 and "Choosing Among Projects of Action," in Collected Papers THE DIMENSIONS OF THE SOCIAL WORLD 33 reactions to my conduct; and I am present when my "in-orderto" motives become the "because" motives of his actions, and so forth. I always grow older between the rehearsing of the conduct of another man to whom my action is addressed and his actual conduct. But if I have addressed an action to a fellow-man, to a partner in a We-relation, I have not grown older alone; we have grown older together.
Adam Smith and Modern Sociology: A Study in the Methodology of the Social Sciences by Albion Woodbury Small